We are delighted to be launching our first-ever Classic Album Sundays event in Sydney at The World Bar! We’ll be kicking off this monthly series in style with one of our favourite-ever albums, Prince’s 1987 masterpiece Sign o’ the Times, presented in the intimate Bordello room at the World Bar on a world-class audio system.
About Sign o’ the Times:
Following on from 1986’s Parade, Sign o’ the Times was the first release from Prince after eight albums with The Revolution. The departure from his band allowed Prince even more freedom in the studio and time to experiment. Initial plans for a triple-LP project were baulked at by Warner Bros (a fact that would later result in Prince publicly refusing to work and branding his deal “a slave contract”), and he was forced to scale back his plans to a mere double LP. The Linn LM-1 drum machine and Fairlight CMI music workstation feature heavily throughout the album, as do other effects that were being experimented with heavily at the time such as sped-up vocals – resulting in the arrival of Camille, Prince’s alter ego.
Hosts: Jean-Philippe Ducharne (The Mancusian Circus), Jim Poe (Deep House Australia)
Audio partner: Audio Connection Australia
– Linn Majik 140 System (more info here: https://www.linn.co.uk/music-systems/majik)
– Clearaudio Performance DC turntable (more info here: http://clearaudio.de/en/products/turntables-performance_dc.php)
Thanks to invaluable support from Bondi Beach Radio
What is Classic Album Sundays?
Classic Album Sundays is the world’s most popular record club. CAS allows the listener to fully immerse themselves in the music by presenting the musical context, the story behind the album and an uninterrupted replay of the album on vinyl on an audiophile hi-fi sound system (with phones switched off and no conversation). People learn about the history of the album and then hear things in the music that they have never heard before. The events are mainly attended by non-audiophiles who are sometimes moved to tears when they hear the details of their favorite recordings.
As it has touched upon a cultural nerve with its mission of challenging the way we listen to music in the 21st century, CAS has received amazing coverage in BBC Breakfast TV, Elle Magazine, NME, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal more. Check out press coverage here: http://classicalbumsundays.com/category/press/
CAS currently holds regular classic-album listening sessions in London, New York City, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Tokyo and Oslo with Portugal, Boston, Austin, Portland and Sydney, with Manchester to launch by the end of the year and more cities to follow. CAS also holds listening sessions at the UK’s award-winning festivals like Camp Bestival, Bestival and Vintage; and art galleries like The Idea Generation. CAS also hosts one-off bespoke events in conjunction with record companies and venues. This spring CAS will launch Classic Album Sundays Jazz & Classical with sessions in London and Edinburgh.
Classic Album Sundays was founded by Colleen “Cosmo” Murphy. Murphy is a radio host (having hosted shows since 1982 and having produced widely syndicated radio shows in the USA); an international audiophile DJ (protegé of David Mancuso and Francois Kevorkian and Director of London’s Lucky Cloud Sound System); music producer and remixer (remixes for The Rapture on DFA and producing Wild Rumpus with guitarist Gary Lucas of Captain Beefheart and Jeff Buckley fame); independent label owner (Bitches Brew); and a music journalist. In her younger years, worked for a number of well-known record shops, where she amassed far too many records.
Visit the Classic Album Sundays homepage: http://classicalbumsundays.com/